See our Voices – Stigma and Mental Illness
They say a photo can speak a thousand words.
What would it say about stigma?
See our Voices is a PhotoVoice project that captured images of how the stigma associated with having a mental illness and/or addictions has impacted people’s lives. This project is a part of the Northeast Hospital Stigma Project, with the intention of showcasing mental health consumer/survivors feelings and experiences about stigma, through photography, in addition to educating others about those experiences.
Through photography, important voices are being seen and heard.
See our Voices was composed, and created, by members of NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, a non profit organization based in Sudbury, Ontario, that is run by and for consumers of mental health services.
Members of NISA took photographs that for them, represented ways in which they have experienced stigma in their community, and in their lives. Participants met weekly to review the photographs that had been taken, and they chose the images that they felt best portrayed their feelings regarding their experiences with stigma. The process of taking photographs, and reflecting on the meanings associated with the images, often triggered deep emotions, memories, thoughts, and the need to talk to one another about our experiences with stigma.
This is what we have to say.